The Thursday edition of The Record, the newspaper which serves northern New Jersey, included a story by reporter John Brennan that indicates that the Hanson commission not only recommended moving racing away from the Meadowlands in its report, but also picked out a potential site.
Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, confirmed that he was aware of a proposed site known as EnCap. The 760-acre site is in Lyndhurst, not far from the present racetrack, and includes a landfill. It was supposed to be a golf course community, but the project was abandoned. Brennan’s story says the state “pulled the plug on the private project in 2008 after the financing collapsed and serious questions arose about the qualifications of the developers.”
Luchento remains steadfast that harness racing must continue at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. “Do you want to separate us from all the action and put us in some boondock area? We can’t have that, if I have anything to say about it,” he told legislators at the third and final New Jersey Legislative Summit on Gaming held Wednesday at Monmouth Park.
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